Musée Massena

Address: 35 Promenade des Anglais, Nice, 06000, France

- Free


Nice for the nobility.

Re-opened in 2008 after restoration, this great villa-museum tells the story of Nice from the Napoleonic era to the mid-20th century.

But it also tells its own story, as an example of just how outrageously our rich and aristocratic forebears tried to out-pomp one another once they arrived in Nice.

Marble halls and sumptuous reception rooms don’t so much suggest fine classical taste as ram it in your face. The splendid gardens are the only ones left on the French Côte-d’Azur by 19th-century landscaper Edouard André. There’s not a shred of self-doubt about the place. Visit with a parasol, or in a boater, if you can.

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